Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Archives > November 2015 > 2015.11.06 > 02Prev  Next

Seek Custom Player Roll of "Alaska's Flag" Song
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All, Just when you think you've heard it all, something new
always comes along.  A guy in Alaska contacted me about having a
player roll cut for a machine he's making.  You can see one of his
inventions at 

He's making another 'rolling ball structure' and has decided to
use parts from a player piano that he salvaged.  Get this: he has
"everything" except the cabinet, which the owner wanted back for
some reason.  So, here's his request (I'll quote him):

  "I want to play the Alaska Flag Song as this new machine has some
   Trans Alaska Pipeline in it and I want to keep an Alaskan theme
   going.  I believe the melody has ten, maybe eleven notes.  I would
   string as many wires as I need and generally shrink the width of
   the main vacuum bar (I forget it's name, the piece the paper slides
   across) down to ten or so notes."

I found a MIDI file of the song and was able to reduce the number of
notes to nine and still maintain the integrity of the melody.  He would
like the tune to play continuously for perhaps a few repetitions every
hour or so.  So, he asked about a looped roll that could be started and
stopped as desired.

The burning question is, would any of you roll cutters be interested in
such a project?  If so, please contact me and I'll put you in touch
with the gentleman.

I've attached a copy of the MIDI file.

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

 [ Alaska Flag Song

(Message sent Sat 7 Nov 2015, 00:51:22 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Alaska's, Custom, Flag, Player, Roll, Seek, Song

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2024 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Please Support Publication of the MMD with your Generous Donation

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page